Is this a real story? It gives the entire project a kind of dreamy vibe. Plus a straight up horn solo. This is some real relatable shit. Two tracks in and I'm thoroughly enjoying myself. So far, so fucking dope.
Cole album in my headphones. And who's this yelling on the hook? Oh yeah, reviewing an album. Is he going to combine the two later on? What's fucked up is immediate reactions masquerading as in-depth, long-term analysis. What if we were as transparent and open as possible? Cole wants people to love him like they loved Pac; could Forest Hills Drive be the album that gets him there? A really powerful take on white gentrification in hip-hop, I really respect that. Jesus, now I need to hear ScHoolboy Q on this beat before I die.
And Social Experiment aka Chance the Rapper's group did some of that live instrumentation? Cole really positioning himself to be the everyman rapper of his generation. Something to really vibe out too. It's an interesting time for Cole and 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Wait, I take it back, one million bonus points for that nice Johnnie Cochran reference. And so here I am, right back where it all started, with a new J. In middle school, the girls were really so much more sexually advanced than the boys, even if the boys fronted.
Man, some Marvin Gaye type shit. I'll add that to the long list of questions I'll ask him if I ever get an interview. I might have to pretend like this song never happened. Kind of a dear mama track, some more inspirational music. Instead, Cole stretches his vocal ability to its limits, leaving the listener pondering how much more effective certain songs could have been if a truly accomplished singer took the lead on certain parts of the album. I kind of wanted the intensity of these vocals on the last joint. He might just not have it in him.
. Whatever, right now I'm just going to relax and enjoy. But the more I thought about J. On the whole a very solid effort. I'm waiting for the drums to hit…. My left arm is covered by a giant tattoo of a skeleton William Burroughs with a needle in his head holding a smoking shotgun.
Like any rapper worth touching a mic I think he genuinely believes he's the best rapper of his generation, and I know he's got a loyal army of fans who think the same, but the facts are that he hasn't outsold Drake yet and hasn't dropped an album widely considered to be a classic like Kendrick yet. So is it really any surprise that we now get reviews calling an album a classic or complete trash the same day it drops? What I felt was lacking in Cole was the desire to really change music, to really innovate, and this album is nothing if not artistically courageous. Or am I being overly critical? Hell yeah, moms need the love. If this song was supposed to take me on a trip down memory lane, mission accomplished Jermaine. Oh hey, a sample of a baby,.
I can sing along to this in my car. Some truly original commentary on consumerism. Cole's tweet, the more I realized that it wasn't one listen album reviews that were fucking up hip-hop, not exactly. Luckily, writing about hip-hop makes me happy, so thank you for that too. I really want to hear his vocals get next level intense, mean, put some real fury in his voice, at least really switch up the flow and hit something double time for a minute.
Same heartbreak voice we heard on. If I hold him to a higher standard, I'd like to believe it's the same high standard I hold the people I consider his peers to. I just lost all my momentum. The title of the album derives from the address of the house that Cole used to live in as a child, and subsequently throughout the album he revisits moments from his childhood that have affected his life. This isn't that hip-hop album intro where he comes out rapping a mile a minute. Whoever mixed this album did an outstanding job, remind me to look at the notes and give them some serious props. Ok, I was so caught up in the beat I really missed that first verse, let me refocus on the vocals.
Some of that real artistic shit. Is that a live bass? It's just me, Jermaine, Forest Hills Drive, these headphones and this keyboard for the next hour or so. And now he just threatened to load the chopper and let it rain? My wife and daughter are asleep, I've turned off my phone and everything else on my computer but iTunes and a Word doc. Maybe that'd be the best of both worlds, give people a place to talk about their immediate reactions too and give an album the time it deserves before we issue a more permanent pronouncement on its place in history. Words by Nathan Fisher nayefshr. That's a punchline my dad would write. Probably my favorite beat so far, come on Cole, deliver on it vocally.
Immediate reactions aren't fucked up, they're human. He's really going for the full on inspirational, motivational vibe. Come on man, you said some real powerful shit, stand behind it. So what if we stopped fronting? I was never a super fan, but I always liked him. This has a real '70s soul vibe.